Photography Quotes

While researching for Assignment Five I found this fantastic video by former National Geographic  Director of photographer, David Griffin. He was doing a presentation on how Nat Geo photographers captured their incredible images, some of the things he said really stood out in my mind. It’s well worth a watch – though, like me, if you hate gory images skip the elephant part and part of the leopard seal –

‘Photography emulates the way our minds freeze a significant moment.’

In the video he describes a scary moment where he was on the beach and his young son where  was sucked out to sea by a rip tide. He says he can see the moment slowing down, frozen in his mind like a series of photographs, his face in terror, his son screaming out. Then his son told him how his POV made him remember just how his father was yelling at him. What’s intriguing about this is the way in which the same moment can be interpreted completely differently by each individual.

So for the wedding and the narrative story photography I need to capture images that resonate with people. I will attempt to do this in several ways.

Emotion. People love people, in a photo our eye is almost always drawn straight to the person, even if they’re just a tiny element in a impressive vista. I think this is because of our emotion connection that all humans share, you can see the emotion in peoples faces, whether it’s fear, happiness or loneliness. We all feel these things which is why we can relate so well Our own emotions relate to this and create a powerful photo both for the photographer and the viewer. And that’s why it’s important to capture those emotions.

Story. This is probably the most important one. Capturing a story, creating intrigue, ambition to make your photo ask a rhetorical question. This photo by     really hit me.


Action. Photos that capture a moment frozen in time like David Griffin was describing immediately mean something to the viewer.

Light. PictureCorrect wrote this ‘Photographers know that light is both your enemy and your friend. Without it, there’s no photo. If you have too much light, there’s still no photo. That’s because an evenly lit photo is little more than a dull snapshot. Nothing stands out. Nothing is special because you see everything. There’s no mystery. Shadows are crucial because they provide a sense of depth and dimension. Their sense of darkness give shape, form and a sense of importance to the part of the photo in the light.

There’s an old adage – ” If you want to make something more interesting, don’t light all of it.”

If anyone knows any more I’d be really grateful, thank you.


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